Charged with terrorism for shouting “viva PUDEMO”

Mario Masuku (i midten) under et af retsmøderneSwazi activists Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini face terrorism charges and could serve 15 years in prison for expressing support for pro-democracy party the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO).

“If we have to go inside the prisons and be charged, I am the first one”. This was the prophetic statement of the Mario Masuku, the President of PUDEMO, on May Day in the tiny absolute monarchy of Swaziland.

Mario Masuku and youth leader Maxwell Dlamini, Mario Masuku were arrested shortly after having given speeches to approximately 7,000 people at the 2014 May Day event in Swaziland’s main commercial city, Manzini. Read more of this post

Anklaget for terrorisme for slagord 1. maj

Mario MasukuTo politiske aktivister fra det lille enevældige monarki Swaziland er anklaget for terrorismevirksomhed, fordi de udtrykte støtte for deres eget parti. De risikerer 15 år i fængsel.

Mario Masuku og Maxwell Dlamini er henholdsvis præsident og ungdomsleder i People’s United Democratic Front (PUDEMO), et forbudt parti eller bevægelse der kæmper for demokrati. De er anklaget under Swazilands Suppression of Terrorism Act, en lov der definerer terrorisme som enhver handling der ”er til fare for den nationale sikkerhed”. Read more of this post

From election to prison

Less than a year ago PUDEMO-President Mario Masuku was discussing democracy and freedom of speech with local politicians in Gladsaxe during the Danish municipal elections. Today he is in prison, charged with terrorism in his home country of Swaziland for having shouted “viva PUDEMO” at a union rally on May Day.

“In my country, Swaziland, local authorities cannot implement their own policy because the king controls everything. During the municipal elections in Gladsaxe, on the other hand, I saw an election process that was well-organised and transparent and politicians who were responsible to the electorate.” Read more of this post

Fra kommunalvalg til koldt fængselsgulv

PUDEMO visit Denmark November 2013 (3)For et halvt år siden diskuterede PUDEMOs præsident Mario Masuku demokrati og ytringsfrihed med lokalpolitikere i Gladsaxe under kommunalvalget. I dag sidder han i fængsel, anklaget for terrorisme i sit hjemland Swaziland, fordi han råbte ”viva PUDEMO” første maj.

En gang imellem er det en god idé at huske at se vores lokalpolitiske system i et mere overordnet, globalt perspektiv, ligesom de der besøger Danmark fra udemokratiske styrer er nødsaget til. Gladsaxedagen, den 23. august, hvor borgerne i Gladsaxe Kommune blandt andet kan diskutere politik med deres lokalpolitikere, er et godt tidspunkt. Read more of this post

Dansk shippingfirma sejler med illegal last fra Afrikas sidste koloni

Det danskbaserede shippingfirma Ultrabulk Shipping A/S sejler fosfat fra det besatte Vestsahara til Canada, stik imod international lov og folketingets anbefalinger.

Ultrabulk Shippings administrerende direktør, Per Lange, indrømmer at firmaet sejler med fosfat fra det besatte Vestsahara i et svar til den danske solidaritetsorganisation Afrika Kontakt den 14. august. Per Lange mener bare ikke at Ultrabulk derved har gjort noget galt. Read more of this post

Samvittighedsfange fra Swaziland beder Obama om hjælp

Thulani Maseko”I Swaziland bliver alle der taler regimet imod bragt til tavshed, chikaneret, og smidt i fængsel ”, skriver fange 353; 438/2014 Thulani Maseko til USA’s præsident Barack Obama. Maseko beder i brevet Obama om hjælp til at presse landets enevældige kong Mswati III til at starte forhandlinger om demokrati med landets demokratibevægelse, blandt andet gennem målrettede sanktioner imod kongen og hans inderkreds, samt igennem egentlige økonomiske sanktioner. Read more of this post

Young women in Zimbabwe stand up against violence and discrimination

IYWD staff emphasises on participatory rights during the meetings“Organizing young [Zimbabwean] women into representative leadership structures is key for harnessing young women’s power and ability to stand for themselves and challenge injustices,” a recently published paper by the Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) concludes. The organization trains and mobilizes poor young women in the political hotspot of Mashonaland Central Province, a rural area of Zimbabwe.

One example of the status of women in Zimbabwe is the extensive politically motivated violence against women in Zimbabwe in connection with elections, particularly in 2008, where men loyal to President Mugabe’s ZANU-PF systematically raped and tortured thousands of women who were supposedly active or sympathetic towards opposition parties. Read more of this post

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